AboutLondon Quilters Exhibition 2010
Private View 15 April 6pm 8pm
Exhibition opens 16 April - 29 May 2010
Swiss Cottage Gallery
Swiss Cottage Library
88 Avenue Road, London NW3 3HA
The London Quilters are welcomed back for their fifth exhibition in Swiss Cottage Gallery. The large selection of quilts on display, made and designed by members of London Quilters, reveal an intense study into the craft-based process of quilt making alongside formal interests in colour, pattern and texture. Interwoven within these art objects are the personal stories and narratives of the individual
and group quilt makers; indeed some of the quilts become allegorical symbols for the makers.
Displaying a riot of colour the Quilts on display deploy craft technique and process that exploit harmonious complementary colour schemes, jumping rhythm, clashing colour and organic/geometric pattern. We can admire these technical features as beautiful in themselves. The boundary between craft and fine art has, over time, become blurred with both professional areas borrowing from each other; Michael Raedecker's stitched painted canvasses, Grayson Perry's crafted ceramic pots, and Kaffe Fasset, seen as a textile artist, are just a few examples of this. Grayson
Perry is included in the V&A Quilts 1700 2010 exhibition, which is on at the same time as this show.
The original context for creating a quilt, that of utilitarian bed covering used on a daily basis and also a family heirloom with its own developing narrative, must be considered. However the idea of the function of the quilt has transmuted toward an object of beauty made for its own sake and displayed, as seen here in Swiss Cottage Gallery, as an artistic wall hanging. Also on display at Swiss Cottage Gallery is a specially created âCamden Quilt' made by members of the Westminster Kingsway College.
The majority of the quilts on display are for sale, and also during the period of the exhibition, members of London Quilters will be on hand to talk about the quilts, their inspiration and the
techniques used to create them. Quilting demonstrations will be held during the run of the exhibition. Please look for advertisements around the Swiss Cottage Library or contact the London Quilters directly at www.londonquilters.org.uk & firstname.lastname@example.org where membership details can be found.
We are pleased that Matthew Wright, television presenter, Camden resident and London Quilters supporter, will open the London Quilters Exhibition 2010.
London Quilters London Quilters are a group composed of around 60 textile enthusiasts who meet monthly at the Crossfield Centre in Camden. As well as listening to talks from leading figures in patchwork, quilting and related subjects, they take the opportunity to share their recent work and experiences with other members.